Adams County residents upset with new wells bring their fight to the state

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DENVER — Adams County residents are furious with Broomfield officials for approving oil and gas development near the backyards of some residents.

Residents are determined to keep fighting after Broomfield approved the project last week.

On Monday, residents took to the state’s oil and gas conservation commission in hopes of a different outcome.

“I have a pit in my stomach,” homeowner Megan Townsend said.

“Large-scale oil and gas operations do not belong next to residential communities,” homeowner Barber Binder said.

Many in the crowded meeting room wore masks to showcase how oil and gas are harming their health.

Since applauding is prohibited, supporters would often wave their fingers in the air to show solidarity.

While the overwhelming majority in the crowd were against energy operations, Heidi Gill, who runs a pro-energy group, did speak.

“I think Extraction is a great example of an operator coming to the table and really sitting down and listening,” Gill said.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will not give final approval to well requests this week, but it is expected to approve spacing permits on Tuesday.

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